Thanks, I did get the two bolts lose, using a 5/16" short open end wrench to break the bolts lose, then a 5/16th socket with a ratchet head (just a round, about 1.5" diameter, socket driver) to crank the bolts down. A box end wrench would have been better, but I don't have one... may get one.
I ran into some other questions and posted them on the "small engine forum" as the question is B&S Vanguard, not specifically Simplicity (other than the way Simplicity mounted the engine - a couple of inches could have been made available... the fact there is a special tool attests to that.
Well, given the helpful response from a "man who has been there" here on the Simplicity I will make a duplicate post of what I put on the small engine forum... yes, I know not to make multiple posts of the same material, this introduction makes the material different
Looking for more removal advice.
I removed, with a lot of difficulty due to no space, the two long light bolts (5/16th head and about 6" long running from the bottom of the starter to top), and the starter back and case dropped a couple of inches to the tractor engine "frame". This exposed the armature which seems to be stuck, I give a soft pry with a large screw driver and it wouldn't drop. Does this suggest anything, e.g., the gear is locked into the flywheel?
I started to pull the head shroud which covers the flywheel and the cooling fan, I believe. I stopped when this simple operation became a little uncooperative. The shroud seems stuck, or I am missing a hold down bolt or two. I have removed engine shrouds on other B&S engines, so I know I should be able to do it. But as it wasn't coming off with a simple effort I decided to check in here and ask if I should be trying to take it off, or did I miss something important in trying to disconnect the starter
1989 Craftsman LT 12 HP 38" 2-blade deck - Retired
1993 Craftsman GT6000 18 HP B&S twin L-head 44" 3-blade deck, - Avatar and duty GT
2005 Craftsman DYT4000 42" 2-blade deck - B&S 18.5 Intek - new head gasket twice in 500 hr. Was hit by a Pine tree blown down by Hurricane Sandy Oct.2012
. But I now have the PYT9000 and a real mowing machine
2011 Craftsman PYT9000 B&S 26 HP Professional and 46" 2-blade deck. Wife said "ANOTHER TRACTOR?"
I replied "Yep"